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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013


Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,841Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 4 out of 196

$399K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 14 out of 196

795 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87% Patients 65 Years and Older
19% Subsidized Claims for Low-Income Patients

How Does This Prescriber Compare to Peers?

In the same specialty and state. Caveats »

Drugs That Present Special Risks
Costs of Prescribing
Higher avg 81928cdb0ebe162ff75cf405bfacadd396bf3ec84bc467b6f3e612dd63daa776 Average for
this specialty
in Arizona
Lower avg 72b1978e1dcc0b845f89d17d692cfff7aeaf8d8bce70310d8bfc535db2daf62a

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 795 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances


Brand Name Drugs*

9% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 14%.

Prescription Price

$58 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $81 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

9 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 15.

This Prescriber's Drugs

The table below list this provider’s drugs, the number of prescriptions and how many went to seniors. Drugs are ranked by volume and compared with the rank for all providers in the same specialty and state.

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A schedule two drug. More » Schedule two drugs have a high potential for abuse and severe dependence, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.


A schedule three drug. More » Schedule three drugs have potential for abuse and dependence, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.


An antipsychotic drug. More » Antipsychotics are frequently given to dementia patients, though it increases their risk of death.


A risky drug for seniors. More » The American Geriatrics Society has said this drug is "potentially dangerous" for seniors and might be inappropriate.


A benzodiazepine, or tranquilizer. More » The American Geriatrics Society says these drugs increase the risk of cognitive impairment, delirium, falls and fractures in older adults.


This provider is among the top 10 prescribers of
this drug in the country.

This provider’s prescriptions for this drug were for more days than those of peers. More » Because of this, his or her prescription count may be lower.

This provider’s prescriptions for this drug were for fewer days than those of peers. More » Because of this, his or her prescription count may be higher.

This Drug's Rank
Drug Name Total Prescriptions Filled with Refills Prescriptions
to 65+
Patients Recieving this Drug Category For this Prescriber For All Prescribers in
This Specialty in Arizona
MIRTAZAPINE 671 616 171 2 20
ALPRAZOLAM 580 510 119 B 3 12
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 473 417 97 4 11
FLUOXETINE HCL 372 296 104 5 10
LORAZEPAM 292 271 76 B 6 5
SERTRALINE HCL 289 266 71 7 7
CLONAZEPAM 257 210 55 B 8 1
BUPROPION XL 256 179 59 9 27
TRAZODONE HCL 243 183 62 10 2
VENLAFAXINE HCL 235 201 44 11 48
LAMOTRIGINE 215 167 47 12 6
CITALOPRAM HBR 208 182 56 13 13
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 177 128 41 14 14
OLANZAPINE 159 154* 41 A 15 15
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 145 127 28 16 26
CYMBALTA 135 105 28 17 16
METHYLPHENIDATE HCL 106 101* 26 S2 18 53
RISPERIDONE 102 74 25 A 19 3
BUPROPION HCL SR 96 85 21 20 9
BUSPIRONE HCL 95 72 20 21 29
NAMENDA 73 68* 22 22 45
DONEPEZIL HCL 69 69 22 23 37
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL 67 <11 <11 24 59
PAROXETINE HCL 58 45 15 25 24
About This Data

Prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, was compiled and released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the federal agency that oversees the program. ProPublica combined that data with additional information released by CMS. The data for 2013 includes nearly 1.4 billion prescriptions written by 1.3 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 410,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost three-fourths of these prescriptions went to patients 65 and older; the rest were for disabled patients Methodology »

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  • No comparisons are shown if 10 or fewer prescribers in the state share this specialty.
  • The list of top drugs includes only those for which this provider wrote 50 or more prescriptions, but all prescriptions are counted in the summary totals at the top.
  • Comparisons do not take into account the medical conditions of patients. Medications for certain conditions do not have generic alternatives, so patients would receive more expensive brand name drugs.
  • This provider's address and specialty information was last updated on Jan. 24, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.